How to Delete Your Microsoft Account & Create a Local Windows 10 Login
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You can argue that Windows 10 is better when you’re using it in conjunction with a Microsoft Account. It means you can sync your data and settings, install apps across multiple devices, and automatically sign in to apps and services that use a Windows ID for authentication.

That said, some people are uncomfortable with using a Microsoft Account 5 Tips for Managing Windows User Accounts Like a Pro 5 Tips for Managing Windows User Accounts Like a Pro Windows user accounts have evolved from isolated local accounts to online accounts with various privacy challenges. We help you sort out your accounts and find the settings that work for you. Read More to log into their machines. Whether it’s concerns over security 5 Security Tips to Consider When Using a Microsoft Account 5 Security Tips to Consider When Using a Microsoft Account You can't use much of the new Windows 8 user interface without a Microsoft account. The account you for logging into into your computer is now an online account. This raises security concerns. Read More , worries about how Windows handles private data, or a simple yearning for the olden days, some users feel happier using a local account.

In this article we look at how to totally delete your Windows Account and how to make a local account on a Windows 10 machine.

How Do You Get a Windows Account?

Lots of people will have a Windows Account without even realizing it. In fact, if you’ve ever had a Hotmail email address, an Xbox Live account, a .NET Passport, or used some other Microsoft service, the chances are you’ve got one.

It is the latest incarnation of Windows Live ID, with the rebranding occurring around the time of Windows 8’s release in late 2012. It now provides a single sign-on for most of Microsoft’s services, including Outlook, Groove Music 5 Music Apps Worth Listening to Now That Grooveshark is Dead 5 Music Apps Worth Listening to Now That Grooveshark is Dead The quest to discover new music never ends. Grooveshark has closed down, but others continue to make it easier, or just better, to find and enjoy new music. Read More , Bing, Office 365, Skype, and OneDrive.

Replace, Remove & Delete Your Microsoft Account

Getting rid of your Microsoft Account is a three-step process. Firstly, you need to create a local account to log into Windows, then you can remove the Microsoft Account login from your computer, and finally you can go ahead and delete the account itself off Microsoft’s servers.

Before you start, be aware that although you can re-add your account to a computer, once it’s deleted online there is no return – your data will be lost forever.

Step 1: Create a Local Account

You cannot delete an account from your machine while you are signed into it – you’ll need to create an alternative login with a local account first.

To do that, access the all-new Settings menu; you can find it in the Start Menu or by pressing Windows + I.


Next, navigate to the Accounts page. Once there, make sure you’re on the Your email and accounts tab. Here you will see the option to Sign in with a local account instead underneath your name.


Click it, and follow the on-screen instructions.


Step 2: Remove the Microsoft Account Login

After you’ve set up the new local account Going Private - How To Switch To A Local Account On Windows 8.1 Going Private - How To Switch To A Local Account On Windows 8.1 You have a choice! Microsoft didn't make it easy, but in Windows 8.1 it's possible to set up or switch to a regular -- local and offline -- Windows account. And it's easy! Read More , you’ll need to once again navigate back  Settings > Accounts > Your email and accounts. This time, scroll down to the bottom of the page and the section marked Other accounts you use. You will see your soon-to-be removed Microsoft Account listed.


Select it, and you’ll be presented with two options – Manage and Remove. “Manage” is essentially a shortcut to Microsoft’s online account management portal. You need to choose “Remove” and follow the remaining on-screen instructions.

Step 3: Delete Your Microsoft Account

Now that you’ve successfully removed the account from your machine, you can go ahead and delete it from Microsoft’s database. This will ensure that none of your data is used by the company without your consent Microsoft Rejects Windows 10 Privacy Concerns, Project Spark Goes Free... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Rejects Windows 10 Privacy Concerns, Project Spark Goes Free... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft counters Windows 10 criticism, Project Spark will soon be completely free, the iPhone 6s may actually be waterproof, Facebook suffers another major outage, Coca-Cola pays for emoji, and The X-Files is back. Read More , and will prevent it being harvested by an unapproved third-party without you being aware.

Before proceeding, make sure you’ve done some basic housekeeping by deleting any credit card details you might have saved in the Windows Store, erasing all your emails and emptying the trash, removing any sensitive data from OneDrive, and backing up any important files.

Once you’re sure that you are ready to proceed, navigate to in your web browser and enter your login credentials.


You’ll be presented with your account’s welcome page. You’ll need to navigate to the Security & privacy tab along the top of the screen, then click on More security settings under Account security (you might be asked to verify your identity with a security code).


Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on Close my account. You’ll be presented with a warning screen that highlights some additional steps you should take before you make the plunge. Click Next.


You’ll then be shown one final screen. Tick all the checkboxes to confirm that you understand and agree that a host of services will be deleted and lost, select the reason for the closure off the drop-down menu, then click Mark account for closure.


You will notice that you still get 60 days of grace. If you change your mind at any time during the grace period you can reactivate your account by logging back in and answering some security questions. If the 60 days lapses, your account is gone for good.

Which Type of Account Do You Use?

How do you use your Windows 10 machine? Are you running a local account, or do your prefer to use a Windows Account? What made you make that decision?

Perhaps you switched to a local account then changed your mind and reverted back? Whatever your situation we’d love to hear from you. You can let us know your thoughts, ideas, and feedback in the comments section below.

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  1. JB
    June 22, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Doesn't work, my Win10 Pro settings panels don't look like the ones above at all. Windows had decided I have to sign in with a Microsoft online account all of a sudden, and I had to go through password recovery just to get into my desktop. This is SO F RETARDED. It emailed me a code, which I could read only because thankfully I have a MacBook Pro that I actually use for work (Windows = GameOS to me, NEVER would I make myself dependent on it for work). If this were a Windows laptop, how would I get to the emailed code? Genius, MS! No, retardedAF is what it is. I can't find anything to get rid of this utter, sheer, gross stupidity of having to login to some lame cloud service to use my own F computer. Oh, and "no internet connection detected" because Windoze has such a pathetically slow DHCP client it takes 20 seconds for it to secure a lease.

    Please, help, how do I remove this idiocy?!

  2. yky
    April 5, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Not sure what version of Windows 10 you are running but my menu is different from yours. I don't have "your email and accounts". What I have is "email & app accounts". And there is NO "sign in with a local account instead" option. So, I cannot do step 1. About step 2, I only see the "manage" option. Can't find "remove".

    I'm running 16299.309 version 1709, Windows 10 Pro.

  3. Reenotinto
    December 10, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Yes I switched to a local account from Microsoft account on Windows 10 and when I tried reverting back I found that all my apps on home screen weren't showing up any longer, my data all empty like a whole new start up. Please I need your help on how to get back on my profile.

  4. Dan Smith
    December 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I guess I don't mind Windows Live except when people receive my email it say Window Live instead of my name. Then people delete the email because they think it's spam.

  5. Danish Warrior Skald
    November 30, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Thanks for this very fine guide. I got very tired of the account after a reinstall, where I now cannot activate Windows 10 Pro.

  6. Patricia Umscheid
    September 29, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Recently I had a NIGHTMARE with microsoft. I have 2 Asus Transformers that I used my microsoft account as a login. I then switched my login on BOTH tablets and deleted my microsoft account. Months later both tablets required my deleted microsoft account to sign in. I took it to my local Geek squad to factory reset or try and find a way around it and they got to the factory reset, however it required a code from MIRCOSOFT do proceed, which in order to get I needed to log into the now deleted microsoft account. I called microsoft about this issue and after an hour was basicially told that IF I wanted to keep my information I needed to REMOVE the hard drive from the device and tranfer the data THEN put the HD back into the device. Other than that. . . Microsoft said there was NO WAY around this horrible loop. Over $1500 down the drain because of microsoft. ..

  7. Dan
    July 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I have a Microsoft/Outlook/Hotmail account and want to keep it. However, my home PC is an open PC. I do not want anyone who uses it to have direct access to my Microsoft Account. If I want to use my Microsoft account, I want to only do it at that time, not all the time I am using my computer. Personal files are already protected behind a password.

  8. hrithik bisht
    February 26, 2017 at 11:58 am

    thanks! it was really very helpful. outlook just had sucked me up

  9. Step 3?
    December 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Hi! I completed steps 1 and 2 but am not able to sign in to my online microsoft account to do step 3. Whenever I try to sign in, the screen returns to a list of microsoft options but not to my account settings. Any ideas why this is happening?

  10. Help
    December 28, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Hello, I started with Step 3 instead of 1, and now I can no longer remove the deleted account from my machine. Any idea ?

  11. scot morrison
    September 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you for the step by step process. It helped greatly to get out of that account (Windows Account).

    I opened it, thinking it would help to use an account called Google Docs and sync with my phone. But found the account was 'taking over' my PC (because I am new at this). And this morning I wasn't able to open or access my OpenOffice documents.

    Not knowing how to fix that, I opted to rid my PC of the Windows account.

    But I now see that I still can't open my O.O. docs. But still glad to be out of the Windows account - for now.
    Thanks, S.M.

  12. violet
    July 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

    very clear. works well. Thank you!

  13. Anonymous
    July 15, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I used a system restore prior to the date I setup the MS Account.After the restore was completed the account was gone.

  14. Peter Helms
    July 11, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Peter the Dane

    11. juli 2016

    Thank you! This is the best artikkel to get rit of MS ;-)

  15. Jane
    March 11, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this article! I just finished closing my M$ account, and I feel a great weight lifted off my shoulders. Microsoft is becoming creepy to do business with; they are so invasive. When I bought my computer with Win 8 installed, I couldn't see anywhere how to get out of having to open an account, and give them my personal information. I mean, I gave them a bunch of totally fictitious information, but...ewww. Thanks again.